The Yachts


Category Placing
IRC 73
IRC - Div 1 23
Line Honours 64
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Qingdao skipper Chris Kobusch returns for a second Sydney Hobart, after navigating Clipper Ventures 5 in 2015. Qingdao earned the first points of the Clipper 2017-18 Race after crossing the inaugural Scoring Gate in first place, and crossed the line fourth for fifth overall in the opening race to Punta del Este. On crew for the Rolex Sydney Hobart is Amancio Maciá, who raced to Hobart on Visit Seattle in 2015. Huan Xu and Shan Tu are aboard as ambassadors for Qingdao, China’s Sailing City. Qingdao was named Derry-Londonderry-Doire in the 2015 Hobart race, and finished 51st overall, 16th in Division 2, and eighth in the Clipper Division. As Old Pulteney in 2013, she placed 60th and ninth in Division 1.


Competitor Details

Name Qingdao
Sail Number GBR729X
Owner Clipper Ventures
Skipper Christoffer Kobusch
Sailing Master Amancio Maci
Crew G Schey, C Grant, B Weigell, R Todd, A Salsman, A Krapf, C Fedida, H Xu, C Walsh, R Rhind, A Jay, C Chatzikomis, T Winkler, S Tu, G Van Der Merwe, M Berry
State Great Britain
Type Clipper 70
Designer Tony Castro
Builder Mazarin Shipyard
LOA 21.33